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Digital Citizenship

This year, Palos West  students  (grades 3-5 ) will be taking part in classroom lessons based on a Digital Citizenship Curriculum. The goal of this curriculum is to educate and empower young people to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning and to become safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizens.

What is digital citizenship?

YouTube.  iTunes. Twitter. Facebook. Instagram.Pinterest.  Club Penguin. 

Digital media and technology is evolving at a dizzying pace, bringing with it extraordinary opportunities as well as real risks for our children. On the positive side, young people are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technology to create, connect, explore and learn in ways never before imagined. On the negative side, harmful behaviors aided by digital technology from cyber-bullying to digital cheating are surfacing in schools and in homes across the country. Young people face ethical challenges daily without a road map to guide them. And many of us, parents and teachers alike, are struggling with how to help kids thrive in this brave new world.

What we will teach:
Each building will use the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum to discuss practices of digital citizenship that are age appropriate.  Each lesson will focus on topics within one or more of the following categories: 

  • Relationships & Communication
  • Self-image & Identity
  • Privacy & Security
  • Information literacy
  • Internet Safety
  • Cyberbullying
  • Information literacy
  • Creative Credit & Copyright
  • Information literacy

Raising young people in today’s 24/7 digital media environment is one of the most exciting and daunting challenges that parents and schools face today. We are thrilled to present these lessons to students and hope you will join us as we discuss and practice digital safety and responsibility alongside our children. We will be asking students to THINK!  Is it....
True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?  Working together, we can raise a generation of kids who become safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizens.